Trump cageside at UFC: a fight beyond politics

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UFC fans cheered excitedly for President Donald Trump on Saturday as the president appeared cageside with his eldest daughter, Ivanka, at UFC 299 just hours after his campaign rally in Rome, Georgia.

Alongside UFC’s President Dana White, Trump entered the Kaseya Center in Miami to Kid Rock’s “American Badass” as he made his way to the front row.

The president then greeted several prominent individuals while making his grand entrance, including Barstool Sports’s founder Dave Portnoy, conservative commentator Dan Bongino, and former ESPN host Sage Steele.

Trump also took pictures with Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow and the San Fransisco 49ers Defensive End Nick Bosa, according to one image posted to X (formerly Twitter) by the president’s Senior Advisor Dan Scavino.

Shortly after the fight commenced, audience members reportedly began chanting “USA” and “F— Joe Biden,” according to more footage posted to X.

During his earlier rally in Georgia, Trump announced that he would attend the UFC fight later that same night, joking that the event was “the closest thing I can see really reflective of the election process” in the United States.

“That may be a little tamer than the election business…,” Trump quipped.

“Dana White has done a great job,” Trump continued. “I hope he doesn’t run for office against me. He’s done a fantastic job. It’s an easier business than politics.”

Trump’s Miami appearance marks his first visit to a UFC fight in 2024, according to a report from Fox News. Trump took in four of these events last year, including fights in Miami, Las Vegas, and Madison Square Garden.

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